Record Collector (magazine) - p.1393 stars out of 5
-- "[T]here's still just enough snotty, psychotic rocking to tickle the connoisseur's palette."
Shadows Of Knight: Joe Kelley (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass); Jerry McGeorge (vocals, guitar); Tom Schiffour (vocals, drums); Jim Sohns (vocals, tambourine, maracas); Warren Rodgers (guitar, bass); Woody Woodruff, Dan Baughman, Jack "Hawkeye" Daniels (guitar); Dave "The Hawk" Wolinski (electric piano, organ, bass); John Fisher (bass); Kenny Turkin (drums).
Producers include: Bill Traut, George Badonsky, Joe Levine, Arthur Resnick, Jerry Kasenetz.
Compilation producers: Bill Inglot, David McLees.
Engineer: Bob Kidder.
Principally recorded at Universal Recording Corporation and Chess Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Jeff Jarema.
Personnel: Joe Kelley (vocals, guitar, harp, harmonica); Jim Sohns (vocals, marimba, maracas, tambourine); Tom Schiffour (vocals, drums); Jerry McGeorge (vocals); Warren Rogers (guitar, bass guitar); Jack Daniels, Dan Baughman, Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff (guitar); David "Hawk" Wolinski (piano, electric piano, organ); Kenny Turkin (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Ken Perry; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Jeff Jarema.
Recording information: Chess Recording Studios; Universal Recording Corp., Chicago, IL.
Unknown Contributor Role: David "Hawk" Wolinski.
Probably the best of the many Shadows of Knight reissues available, and certainly the best at covering all phases of their surprisingly diverse career. DARK SIDES is a 20-track compilation featuring all the usual goodies from Rhino, including excellently remastered sound and in-depth liner notes.
Though best remembered today for their classic take on Van Morrison's "Gloria"--probably the definitive version of that oft-recorded song--the Shadows of Knight started out in the suburbs of Chicago as a tough little white blues band, specializing in punky recastings of the gems coming from the Chess studios on South Michigan Avenue. Being so close to the source, the Shadows of Knight captured the mystery of the blues much more clearly than most. That they ended up as part of the Kastenetz-Katz bubbblegum stable, doing songs like "My Fire Department Needs a Fireman," only proves how weird rock & roll can get.